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by katiepoppycat
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Buttermilk
Replies: 13
Views: 3948

Re: Buttermilk

Feed it to small noisy dogs . . . . .
by katiepoppycat
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: help! butter churn going mouldy
Replies: 2
Views: 1746

bicarb it is!

thank you
by katiepoppycat
Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: help! butter churn going mouldy
Replies: 2
Views: 1746

help! butter churn going mouldy

anyone got any good advice? It was scalded and put away after an event, a week later had some impressive green and white fur. Scrubbed it all off, scalded it, brought it home and soaked it in milton - 1 week later, green again. Anyone got any good ideas? cheers
by katiepoppycat
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: seasonal produce and imports
Replies: 7
Views: 2438

thanks guys - the preserving and bottling thing is interesting and i'll definitely try and get hold of those books. All the books seem to tell us that they tended to eat fruit cooked in the 15C for the reasons you have mentioned - but for our group raw fruit is one of those acceptable compromises th...
by katiepoppycat
Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: seasonal produce and imports
Replies: 7
Views: 2438

Should have mentioned 15C - will go back now and edit first post. I;'ve started ferreting out heritage varieties of things like apples and pears where the budget allows, and usually try to buy British. How long can you rasonably manage to keep produce? I know if you keep potatoes covered in earth th...
by katiepoppycat
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: seasonal produce and imports
Replies: 7
Views: 2438

seasonal produce and imports

Most of my research is from secondary sources but i'm a bit stumped on this one. I'm trying to add a bit more authenticity to our 15C camp food by sticking to produce in season - i've a reasonable idea of what is and isn't 'authentic', and the rest is easy to work out. I was wondering however, did w...
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 52201

Hainsworth's factory shop is no longer open - jsut to save anyone a trip!
by katiepoppycat
Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3158

thank you once again sally. have a gret easter everyone
by katiepoppycat
Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3158

teaspoon plan sounds good - no mordant as we are only messing about with dyeing eggs on easter sunday. Unless i should be using one. In which case . . . .whats a mordant and how do i got one before thursday!?!?!?!?
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3158

Ooh, getting kermes sounds good Sally! In the menatime, how much cochineal should I be using? My initial plan is to crush up a bit, put it in the water and see how the colour looks - should i be being more scientific than that?!
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanted patterns for ladies costumes for War of the Roses
Replies: 7
Views: 1228

try sally pointers kirtle pattern - i've extolled the virtues of this pattern on here somewhere else already. It's so very easy for a complete beginner and you can use it to make a smock too - cut the neckline a bit lower and sew up all the seams instead of putting eyelets in it!
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WWII Women's Civilian
Replies: 9
Views: 1447

i think i only know about 3 people who can wear the vintage stuff . . .Got some ATS jackets in my wardrobe that a 9 year old girl cannot fit into. If you get in touch with UK homefront on http://www.ukhomefront.co.uk. Their website is very busy but they will be able to direct you to some other trade...
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gore-y business
Replies: 34
Views: 3423

I'm strictly an amateur with no experience prior to starting medieval re-enactment . . i got hte tailors assistant and was a bit scared by it so for kirtles I've been using sally's pattern which i find works a dream. I don't know if I'm cutting v-inserts on the bias or not, but everything seems to b...
by katiepoppycat
Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3158

thanks folks - i have taken advice from deb at the mulberry dyer and she said much the same - I think i will use the cochineal and explain that it is a substitute for the kermes - cochineal bugs must squish more effectively than kermes ones as she reckoned that cochineal became more widespread becau...
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3158

thanks folks! I should have known it's safe - I work in the food industry after all. We were told to take the cochineal out of a char sui pork product because the fact that cochineal makes products unsuitable for vegetarians. Words failed me. We use a beetroot extract now and it's not nearly so colo...
by katiepoppycat
Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3158

probably a daft question on cochineal

as it's used as a food ingredient after all. Planning on doing easter egg dyeing this year with the above squished beetle substance. Will it leach through into the egg? and is it okay to eat? Have used blown eggs before but we were hoping to paint wax patterns on the shells then cold water dye them ...
by katiepoppycat
Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: mortar and pestle help please
Replies: 6
Views: 2172

It will be for grinding spices although I have invested in some cochineal to play with. Thanks for the advice folks, I will see about finding a lobal warehouse - or go to the local chinese warehouse. Am i looking for just a 'normal' shaped one? And although granite and marble are both okay, any idea...
by katiepoppycat
Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: mortar and pestle help please
Replies: 6
Views: 2172

mortar and pestle help please

Have decided I need to invest in a mortar and pestle to take to events. My kitchen one has chrome on the pestle handle which is most inconvenient. A trawl through my books reveals only a picture of a metal pestle the size of a bucket. Does anyone have any suggestions or pictures that I can use as a ...
by katiepoppycat
Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle Necklines
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

so smock prior to 18C, shift after? thanks for that, it's funny how you can not even realise that you aren't quite getting it right!

edit just saw your edit. smocks prior to 16C. thanks again! edit
by katiepoppycat
Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle Necklines
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

I'm a little confused now. I'm relatively new to re-enactment and I've always heard it called a shift so i did too. I just checked MEdieval Tailor#s assistant and ST calls it a smock. Is there a difference or does it not matter?
by katiepoppycat
Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tent Hangings
Replies: 26
Views: 2840

Hi Sophia, I made some curtains for our pavilion last year. I looked at hte Ikea linen tab tops but for the size I needed it worked out cheaper to buy their linen. I dyed it in the washing machine and made tab tops myself - here's what i learned . . . . for a pavilion, don't do tab tops. You'll spen...
by katiepoppycat
Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 4869

thanks again sophia - missed you at hte market but will have a go at the belt as you say.

xx
by katiepoppycat
Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 4869

Thanks Sophia! Rereading overthis post, I'm thinking use some thinnish leather, cover in a contrasting wool(different to the gown or the trim) and get a big buckle and strap end. What do you think? Just as well there are markets this weekend . . .
by katiepoppycat
Thu Oct 26, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 4869

Just wanted to revive this one a bit - A gown was one of the first things I made and try as I might, I just couldn't find a picture of how the belt worked! So I improvised - I made a silk sleeve for a piece of leather and sewed loops into either end. The belt then fastens closed with a braided silk ...
by katiepoppycat
Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hainsworth factory shop, leeds
Replies: 11
Views: 2949

stopped off today and got some great bargains - a few lovely roll ends going at £6.90 per metre!!!!!!!!

i also liked their craft packs - they sell packs of about 10 good sized pieces of fabrics all in different colours. V handy for patch up jobs.
by katiepoppycat
Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 3728

My mother has been saying that for years! This has developed into a very interesting thread, I never even thought about the whole position of chest thing when i started this originally. I do 15C so I'm guessing it wouldn't be the end of the world if I used a dummy with the wrong level chest - nothin...
by katiepoppycat
Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hainsworth factory shop, leeds
Replies: 11
Views: 2949

any luck on the haberdashery place Debs?

thanks
by katiepoppycat
Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 3728

I don't know how to quote but I would if i could - Gwen's thing about staying the same shape to warrant a permanent mould. I think i'm going to try and have a look at some in real time as it were - then get a scheapy off ebay then if the dial types are a big pain in the ass it won't hurt like it wou...
by katiepoppycat
Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 3728

dress forms/tailors dummies

I'm thinking of investing a dress form to make it a bit easier to make my kit - apart from any else i've been using my boyfriend as one and i'm tired of my stuff fitting him better than me! I've been looking at the funky ones that have dials to allow for changes in measurements but I was wondering i...
by katiepoppycat
Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: white carrots!
Replies: 44
Views: 24772

white carrots!

Picked this up off the news this morning . .. . . White carrots to hit shelves Source: Independent 18-09-2006 A white version of the carrot is set to hit UK shelves soon. The variant, called the White Satin, is reputedly sweeter and juicier than the ubiquitous orange version (which originally became...

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